Ozzy Osbourne wants fans to know his split from his wife Sharon is the real deal. On the heels of reports that Osbourne and his wife of 33 years separated as part of a publicity stunt, Ozzy is sounding off to discredit an alleged former manager who's spreading the false allegations.
In an angry Facebook post, Ozzy Osbourne wrote that a man claiming to be his former manager is spreading phony stories about his private life. Osbourne addressed his post to Radar Online and Daily Mail, two gossip sites that quoted Steven Machat as saying his breakup from Sharon was orchestrated in order to keep the aging rocker "relevant."
"For the record, Mr. Machat NEVER managed me nor was he employed by me in any capacity at any time in my career," Ozzy wrote. "His representation of this is a categorical lie. I met him when he was hanging around the music industry in the early 80's, but haven't seen him in at least 30 years. He's a sad delusional relic from the 80's."Last week, Radar Online posted a tell-all piece, in which Machat represented himself as Ozzy Osbourne's "former manager." Machat also said he would bet money that the Osbourne split is a publicity stunt.
"I would put money on a publicity stunt," Machat was quoted as saying. "They're on a Black Sabbath tour. She would do this in a minute. It's propaganda. Sharon is clever enough to make a story that the press would read, so all of a sudden he becomes relevant again."
This is not the first time Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne's marital woes have been pegged as a publicity stunt. In May, shortly after the Osbournes separated due to Ozzy's alleged infidelities, Page Six reported that an insider said Sharon may have cooked up the story of her bat-biting husband's affair with Meche hair colorist Michelle Pugh. Multiple sources told the tabloid that Sharon Osbourne may have been inspired by Beyonce's buzzy Lemonade visual album, which hinted at Jay Z's infidelity drama, to create buzz ahead of Ozzy's final tour with Black Sabbath.
"Sharon is the queen of publicity stunts, there's always deliberate drama going on, it maintains interest in them as a family," an industry insider told Page Six. "She's a very smart woman, it would be very hard for Ozzy to carry on an affair under her nose without her knowing about it. If it is a stunt, it has got him almost as much press as when he bit that bat's head off."If Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne's split is indeed fake, Sharon deserves an acting Emmy. The Talk co-host was very convincing when she talked about her ending her decades-long marriage during a segment on the CBS chatfest. Osbourne sipped on the lemonade as she talked about how empowered and strong she felt after giving Ozzy the boot.
"I honestly am empowered and have found inner strength. I can handle this," Sharon Osbourne said. "I'm 63 years of age and I can't keep living like this. I'm not with him. I just need time to really think about myself … what do I really want for the rest of my life?"No matter what is going on in their personal lives, Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne remain connected. Not only are they parents of three children together, but Mrs. O is Ozzy's business manager, so their paths will continue to cross for many years to come.
Take a look at the video below to see Sharon Osbourne talking about her split from Ozzy after years of heartache.[Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images]